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02.11.15

WOMEN & WHISKIES PARTY!

women and whiskies invited me and my good friend victoria to host a girl’s valentine’s day party in my studio and it was SUCH a blast. my favorite girls, whiskey cocktails, pretty flowers, food, and dancing made for the perfect evening. i really love the concept of women and whiskies which is to support women and their consumption and education of whiskey. it has notoriously been a “men’s drink” and they want to switch that by empowering the ladies with knowledge so that we’re comfortable tasting, talking and buying the spirit on our own. kudos to that!

we sampled all of their whiskey brands (wild turkey , forty creek, russell’s reserve and glen grant) and mixed up four different cocktails (you can find the recipes, here.) that were all delicious and did the trick!

we had the best time putting this party together and i got to work with some of favorite vendors to completely transform my studio. found rentals really pulled out all of the stops and outfitted the studio with the most beautiful array of vintage rugs and furniture. it was basically girl heaven. i created a “drink pretty” vinyl wall decal and had it printed for over the couch. it really grounded the space and made it easy for me to show people what the hashtag for the party was!

moon canyon made an outrageous centerpiece and the prettiest hanging wall installation as the perfect backdrop to the bar. kristen is such a gem.

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and heirloom la absolutely killed it with their color appropriate food for the occasion and impressive setup. have you ever seen prettier deviled eggs? we had a ton of finger foods for everyone to snack on the whole evening.

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11.21.14

WREATH WORKSHOP!

this year moon canyon and i decided to host a holiday wreath workshop and i think it might have been the start of an annual tradition.

each student started with the same base and then kristen allowed them to come up and select their own variety of foliage to build around their wreath. she recommended stating with a type of cedar and/or eucalyptus and then adding accents from there.

students had the option to adorn their wreaths with unexpected additions like persimmons, artichokes and dried lotus pod (pictured above).

it was amazing to see how stunning each one was in the end. everyone took their vision in a completely different direction and created something that they would feel proud hanging in their home this holiday season.

room forty created an amazing holiday spread for us. the tomato soup with mini grilled cheeses on top were a huge hit.

and the cutest mini pies and deviled eggs. their food presentation is on point! a big thank you to brittany wood for capturing the day so perfectly.

one of the best parts about the wreaths is that they’ll last you through the entire holiday season! get together with your girlfriends and start making some. you can follow this DIY here.

workshop taught by: moon canyon
photos: brittany wood
catering: room forty

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11.20.14

FLOWER BOUQUET PRINTABLES

there are very few occasions where flowers are not an appropriate gift. they’re the perfect thing to bring to a friend in need, celebrate a special occasion or simple say “i love you.” we wanted to put a twist on the traditional bouquet wrapping so i worked with maddy nye to create several different graphics (that you can download and print below) and then my favorite moon canyon made three perfect arrangements for us!

once you print the graphics, cut it into a perfect square and fold the edges over to create a cone and seal with double sided tape. if the steams of your flowers are wet, put a plastic bag around them before placing inside your cone.

i think the “you’re fresh” one might be my favorite, what about you?

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11.13.14

A UNIQUE HOLIDAY WREATH

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i really love the holiday season. there is so much beauty in the decoration and the anticipation for the traditions that this time of year brings. today, i’m excited to feature a gorgeous holiday wreath by a alyssa hoppe, a wonderfully talented new york floral designer and prop stylist. i love her take on a holiday classic that can live in your home this season if you follow her steps below…take it away, alyssa!

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I was inspired to take a modern, clean approach to fall and holiday decor this year with an asymmetrical wreath in a neutral color palette. I’m always thinking about how to repurpose or give another life to what I’m making, so with that in mind, I started with a base for my wreath that would become a great wall hanging piece even after the foliage comes off. Enjoy! – Alyssa

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what you’ll need:  

Wreath:

Cecropia
Wheat
Tallow Berries
Roses
Chestnut Leaves
Pittosporum Ralphii
Floral Wire

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Base:

Thick cotton twine
Black leather cord
Round Brass tube
Masking Tape

Tools:

Hack Saw
C Clamps
Scissors
Ruler
Plant Shears

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how to make it: 

  • measure out desired length of brass tubing for the base of the wreath and mark with tape. We measured our tubing to 16″ long.
  • secure your tubing to the table with c clamps and use a hacksaw to make the cut
  • Using sharp scissors, cut the desired length of your leather cord. We cut our length at 64”
  • Once your leather cord is cut, slide the cord through the brass tube
  • Place the leather cord end to end and secure with masking tape so that you have a continuous loop. Slide the taped section through the brass tube so that it is hidden.

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  • Decide how long you would like the fringe to be, and cut cotton twine to twice that length. We cut 24 strands at 24″
  • fold the cotton twine in half, with a loop at the top. wrap around the brass tubing, and pull ends through the loop at the top in a “lark’s head knot”
  • Once all cotton twine strands have been attached to the tube make sure you go through and tighten all of the knots
  • Now your base is made and you’re ready to make the foliage layer that attaches.

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  • Start with your longest leaf branches and attach them end to end using floral wire.
  • Starting from the outside, working towards center, layer foliage and flowers on top of another, and attach stems with floral wire
  • Once you have reached the middle you want to make sure you cover the connection with a larger flower so it feels seamless

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  • Once you have finished, hold up the foliage layer to your base and figure out the angle you want to attach it at.
  • Using floral wire, attach the foliage to the base at the points of intersection
  • Once secure, hang it on the wall and your wreath is finished

happy holidays!

photos by: Kathleen Stalzer Bly
wreath design by: Alyssa Hoppe
more DIY projects here

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08.06.14

MOON PARTY & DOWNLOADS!

this post is something i’m really excited and proud of! i love how everything came together, and i can’t wait to tell you all about it so you can have one of these magical floor parties of your own. throw one in your backyard, string up some lights, project a cool saying on the wall and voila!

hosting events and workshops is one of my absolute favorite things to do. so when epson asked me if i could come up with some alternate ways of using a home projector system my mind immediately went to parties. i feel like i constantly have something to celebrate or plan and decorate for and i thought it would be fun to have something that you could throw up on the wall to instantly make it feel like a celebration.

so we created party downloads! four different sayings and phrases that you can download and project on the wall of your own gatherings (pst, you can enter to win one of the projectors after the jump!). we picked my favorite, make your own magic, and threw a little party around the moon theme.

kristen and amy from moon canyon styled the event, from the hand-painted rocks to the perfect centerpieces, they exceeded my expectations as usual. and heirloom la created a gorgeous spread of food and the most delicious cocktails you’ve ever tasted.

they really are creative culinary geniuses!  i mean, the cocktail had edible silver flakes in it!

amy painted all of the rocks for the table and made individual mini moon watercolor place cards for everyone. the magic was in the details for this party.

i loved the idea of having a floor party…and surrounding the table with pillows and mini stools for the platters of food to be easily accessed.

we got the most beautiful assortment of pillows, moroccan rugs and tables from found rentals, they have a wonderful selection of vintage pieces that you can rent for parties. in love with all of the pillow textiles…

the colors were straight out of a dream and jesse captured the day perfectly.

we used the powerLite home cinema 2000 projector from Epson to project the saying on the wall. it worked great! we’ve also been enjoying using it in the studio to watch huge episodes of Girls on the wall during lunch time!

download one of these 4 designs to project at your next party and enter below to win the projector we use in our office for so many things!

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